About Us

An Independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization

Organization of the foundation


The Social Publishers Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in La Mesa, CA (USA). The Board of Directors of the Foundation sets policy and delegates authority to the president and senior staff for the Foundation’s operations. The Foundation’s policies have been established to further its Mission.

The Social Publishers Foundation utilizes an Advisory Board of distinguished practitioners, researchers, and community leaders to advise the Board of Directors on various issues including strategic, conceptual, and practical aspects of the stated Mission. Members of the Advisory Board personally contribute and assist with raising funds for grants that the Foundation awards to practitioner-researchers and action-researchers.

A Review Panel of experienced practitioner-researchers, action-researchers, and veterans of community-based participatory research projects participates in a review process in which all submitted proposals for research and product development are carefully reviewed. Members of the Review Panel are volunteers and are committed to the maintenance of high standards for practitioner research.

In an effort to increase dissemination of research and products by practitioners, SPF has partnered with a number of faculty members at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in the United Kingdom. For this partnership a panel of BGU internal reviewers was formed in March 2017. The BGU internal reviewers will select quality action-research projects and MA dissertations produced by teachers and review them before practitioner-researchers submit them to SPF with the purpose of publishing their work in the SPF knowledge base. When publication applications are submitted to SPF, reviewers from the SPF review panel provide support to help enhance research reports, if necessary, and communicate with practitioner-researchers throughout the process toward publication.

Advisory Board

  • Kathleen Bergquist, Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Kevin Crehan, Professor Emeritus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Bruce Damons, Director, Centre for the Community School, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Missionvale, South Africa
  • Candace Kaye, Associate Professor Retired, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
  • Antony Luby, Senior Lecturer, School of Teacher Development, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • Mary McAteer, Faculty of Education, Director, Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programs, Postgraduate Professional Development, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, United Kingdom
  • Margaret Riel, Director, Center for Collaborative Action Research, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California, USA

Review Panel

  • Aneesha Awrey, Counselor, Career and Technical Education, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, California, USA
  • Kathleen Bergquist, Professor, Social Work, University of Nevada, USA
  • Shelley Boniwell, Practitioner-Researcher, Associate Director of Counseling, The Grauer School, Encinitas, California, USA
  • Catherine Bruce, Dean of the School of Education and Professional Learning, Trent University, Ontario, Canada
  • Kathleen Collins, Associate Professor, Language, Culture and Society, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Mina Kim, Associate Professor, Elementary Education, San Francisco State University, California, USA
  • Rolla Lewis, Professor, Educational Psychology, California State University East Bay, USA
  • Camilo Manchola-Castillo, Executive Coordinator, Specialization Course, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, University of Brasília, Brasil
  • Holly Marich, Regional Coordinator, Northeastern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program, Nevada, USA
  • Mary McAteer, Faculty of Education, Director, Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programs, Postgraduate Professional Development, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, United Kingdom
  • Judith McBride, Special Education Teacher Retired, Riverside School Board, and Lecturer, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Peter McDonnell, Nurse-Practitioner, Healthcare, York, United Kingdom
  • Marilyn McKinney, Professor Retired, Literacy Education, University of Nevada, USA
  • Jean McNiff, Independent Researcher and Professor, Educational Research, York St. John University, York, United Kingdom
  • Roni Nocon, Practitioner-Researcher, School Counselor, Poway Unified School District, California, USA
  • John Peters, Professor emeritus, Educational Psychology and Counseling, University of Tennessee, USA
  • LeAnn Putney, Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, USA
  • Linda Quinn, Professor, Teaching and Learning, University of Nevada, USA
  • Jennifer Robins, Associate Professor Retired, Library Science and Information Services, University of Central Missouri, USA
  • Nathan Snyder, Adjunct Professor, Fordam University, English Language Arts Teacher, NYC iSchool, New York, USA
  • Suzy Thomas, Professor, Counselor Education, St. Mary’s College of California, USA
  • Elspeth Whitney, Professor, History, University of Nevada, USA

Panel of Internal Reviewers from Bishop Grosseteste University

  • Adam Hounslow-Eyre, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, BGU, UK
  • Antony Luby, Senior Lecturer, School of Teacher Development, BGU, UK
  • Helen Thornally, Senior Lecturer, School of Teacher Development, BGU, UK
  • Pat Beckley, Senior Lecturer, School of Teacher Development, BGU, UK
  • Yvonne Hill, Academic Course Leader, MA Education, BGU, UK